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Wooden Shjips
"Back to Land

Hailing from San Francisco, psychedelic group Wooden Shjips, has just released their newest album Back to Land. The album brings together a sound crafted from inspirations that range from psychedelic music to classic rock.

The album is an entire trip in itself.  One can hear hints of 80s music, classic rock, and modern garage rock styles in the record, but they always resolve back to their classic psychedelic sound. With tracks like “In The Roses,” which brings a very spacey, low volume vocals, and a lo-fi sound that is not too cheesy or under produced. to “Ghouls,” which is a much faster, much more psychedelic rock sounding song that takes influences from classic rock guitar chords, while still utilizing classic psychedelic synthesizers.

Most songs on the album carry a jam-band sound, without becoming too abstract or getting too carried away. And in some cases, the music is so vast in genre diversity, one is surprised at the resulting sound, such as in the track, “These Shadows”, which starts off with an extremely catchy intro guitar riff and carries a vague David Bowie meets Velvet Underground sound.

“Back to Land” is a great piece of work that utilizes the potential of each member of Wooden Shjips effectively and thoroughly.

Most importantly, “Back to Land” is an experimentation of how far the psychedelic genre can stretch while still successfully staying true to its roots.

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LATEST NEWS: PORTLAND READERS' POLL IS ON! - Nashville Open Submissions - NYC Garage Rock Open Submissions - KC READERS POLL RESULTS - Chicago Open Submissions - Portland Open Submissions - NYC Hip Hop + Other Open Submissions - SF BAY AREA READERS' POLL IS ON! - NYC Psych Rock Open Submissions - DC AREA READERS' POLL IS ON! - SF Bay Area Open Submissions - NYC Folk Rock/Americana Open Submissions - BOSTON + NEW ENGLAND READERS' POLL IS ON! - Austin Open Submissions - TORONTO READERS' POLL IS ON! - NYC Indie Pop Open Submissions - DC Area Open Submissions

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January 13, 2015

On January 22nd, The Independent will be hosting a psychedelic music showcase featuring Brian Jonestown Massacre's charismatic percussion extraordinaire, Joel Gion and his band The Primary Colours, San Francisco's premiere psych revivalist band, The Love Dimension, psych pop/post punk band, Cellar Doors and psych soul band, Down Dirty Shake. You don't see too many full local line ups play The Independent, so do your best to attend to ensure these bands have a successful show. The more we help local bands fill larger venues, the more the venues will be inclined to give Bay Area bands a chance to shine.

Not only is the line up local, but the bands are seasoned and absolutely stellar. We love a big shows just as much as we love bands straight out of the garage. Make your way out to the Independent and have a blast!

January 22, 2015

The San Francisco based downtempo folk rock band, Hidden in the Sun has released their new album, Seven Seasons today. To promote their upcoming album, they've shared the somberly crisp blues ballad, San Francisco Blues. You can hear the song below and if you find it as moving as we do, you can see Hidden in the Sun perform at their album release show at Viracocha in the Mission District of San Francisco on January 31st. We're glad they've come on our radar. Support new music and emerging bands!

January 20, 2015

Are you a morning person? It's pretty standard to go out late in the evening and party until the first few hours of the morning, but how about heading out to a party at 6 am? SoMa's Supperclub will be hosing DAYBREAKER: The Last Supper Edition.

DAYBREAKER is a morning movement that will start your day off unlike anything else. It is about being in the here and now, surrounded by amazing people, beautiful music, and an incredible vibe. It is about dancing your face off before work and feeling gloriously healthy while doing so. It is about love, it is about mindfulness, and it is about mischief.

This event starts at 7:30 am tomorrow morning. It's a holiday, so hit the bed early and check out one of Supperclub's final events!

January 19, 2015

A great local line up has been put together for tonight's show at Rickshaw Stop. O (formally known as Black Cobra Vipers) will be headlining the show with critically acclaimed local bands, Annie Girl & the Flight and Balms. These bands are a few of the cream of crop in the Bay Area music scene. We're excited to highlight this show because we've been listening to and watching these bands grow for some time.

January 15, 2015

Thanks to all the artists who submitted their music to be considered for The Deli's Best of SF Bay Area Year End Poll for Emerging Artists. We had a record number of submissions from SF this year - 94! - thanks so much for the overwhelming response!

After tallying our editors' ratings for the Open Submissions stage, it’s time to release the results. Please note that to avoid conflicts no local editor was allowed to vote for bands in their own scene.

Total submissions from SF Bay Area: 94

Jurors: Jurors: QD Tran (The Deli Philly), Jason Behrends (The Deli Chicago), Paolo De Gregorio (The Deli NYC).

Acts advancing to our Readers/Fans Poll:

1. Summer Peaks - (Indie Pop) - 8 (out of 10)


2. Miss March - (Alt Folk) - 7.83


3. Goodnight, Texas - (Americana) - 7.33


3. Luke Sweeney - (Indie Pop) - 7.33


5. Builders - 7


5. Jet Trash - 7


5. Lemme Adams - 7


5. Royal Jelly Jive - 7


5. Meet Me in Orbit - 7


Honorable Mentions (scores above 6.5)

The Galloping Sea, Rich Girls, Goose Ignite, Tremor Low, Wild Imaginaries, We Became Owls, The Union Trade, New Spell, Mammoth Life, Be Calm Honcho, French Girls, Feather-Bright, Cookie Tongue, The Treacherous French, One Hundred Percent.


WHAT’S NEXT: These results end the first phase of the poll. We have already unveiled full list of nominees that also includes the artists nominated by our local jurors (see left column here). It's now time for our readers to influence this Year End Poll for Emerging SF Bay Area Artists with their vote - look out for th readers' poll on the right column of this same page!

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January 15, 2015

Which of these acts was your favorite emerging SF Bay Artist of 2014?

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